Cheaper HP Envy 15 packs Core i5, Mobility Radeon HD 5830

The aluminum- and magnesium-clad HP Envy 15 has become one of the first laptops to feature one of AMD's just-released Mobility Radeon HD 5800-series graphics processors. HP has updated the system with an equally fresh 32-nm Core i5 processor, as well, and it's dropped the price to $1,299 for good measure.

Listed on HP's website with a January 19 "estimated build date," the new $1,299 Envy 15 configuration features a 15.6" 1366x768 display, a 2.4GHz Core i5-520M processor, Mobility Radeon HD 5830 1GB graphics, 4GB of DDR3 system memory, a 320GB 7,200-RPM hard drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi, a six-cell lithium-ion polymer battery, and Windows 7 Home Premium x64. Of course, the system still has that stylish metallic body that made headlines last September.

The original Envy 15 sold for $1,799, but it had a somewhat different set of specs and a proper quad-core Core i7 processor. You can still step up to a Core i7 in the current system, but doing so will hike the price up to at least $1,449.

HP has also freshened up the 13.1" Envy 13, taking the starting price from $1,699 to $1,499 and downgrading the CPU from the 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo SL9400 to the 1.6GHz SL9300 model. AMD's Mobility Radeon HD 4330 has remained as the standard graphics device. (Thanks to Engadget for the link.)

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